About Us

OUR MISSION

Jetpac (Justice Education Technology Political Advocacy Center) seeks to build a strong American Muslim political infrastructure and increase our community’s influence and engagement.

We will take our place at the table across all levels of government.

Our philosophy of change is rooted in a community-based approach, grassroots mobilization, civics training, and technology application. We have developed our own training curriculum, as well as proprietary social media technology and automation tools, to give our Fellows the skills and resources they need to win elections.

WHY JETPAC?

For generations, American Muslims have committed the majority of attention and resources on the construction of brick-and-mortar infrastructure projects—houses of worship, mosques, and Islamic centers—to establish a community base.

Building an American Muslim political infrastructure has fallen by the wayside.

American Muslims have been largely absent from politics. We are now living with the consequences:  lack of political representation, discriminatory policies, Islamophobic rhetoric, and a 600% increase in hate crimes against American Muslims since 2014.

Despite a population of over 3.3 million Muslims in the U.S., fewer than 300 hold elected office, with only two at the Congressional level.

OUR HISTORY

Jetpac was founded  in November 2015 on the heels of Jetpac Founding President Nadeem Mazen’s historic Cambridge City Council re­-election. Through a grassroots organizing strategy and the creation of semi-automated fundraising and outreach technologies, Nadeem’s campaign staff (who would later become the Jetpac Team) increased Muslim voter turnout by 300% and gave Nadeem the highest vote total of all 26 candidates in one of the state’s most competitive races.

Jetpac was established to scale and replicate Nadeem’s successes for American Muslims and allies across the country. Our staff conducts daily one-on-one trainings for American Muslims who wish to run for elected office.

Our Team

President & Co-Founder

Nadeem Mazen

President, Co-Founder, and Massachusetts’ first Muslim elected official at the City Council level, Nadeem started Jetpac to provide training and resources for American Muslim political organizers and allies, so they too can represent and serve their communities.    

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Executive Director

Shaun Kennedy

Executive Director and Co-Founder, Shaun is a legally trained organizer who served as Nadeem’s Deputy Campaign Manager in 2015 and co-founded Jetpac to help ensure fair representation of minority communities at all levels of government.

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Director of Operations

Suzan El-Rayess

Director of Operations with a background in public-sector leadership and development, Suzan holds an MPA from Columbia University and has served as an advisor to multiple candidates and elected officials at the city and state levels.

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Program Coordinator

Molly LaFlesh

Molly is a professional scheduler and events planner who serves as Jetpac’s Program, Development, and Events Coordinator. A published writer, Molly holds a BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College.

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Communications Director

Lizzie Devane

A manager and published author who has worked for Harvard University and the MacArthur Fellows Program, Lizzie is Jetpac’s Communications Director. She wants to make civics accessible and exciting while empowering minority groups.

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